Sierra Martin | Managing Editor
SAN MARCOS — The San Marcos City Council will meet on Tuesday, June 7, 2022, to discuss and vote on several agenda items, including approving a tax incentive for a studio facility for film and video production within the La Cima Development.
Councilmembers will consider approving a Chapter 380 Economic Development Incentive Agreement with Hill Country LLC, which would provide incentives of refunds of a percentage of real estate and personal property taxes over five years. The film and video production facility would be a total capital investment of $267 million dollars. The facility would be a minimum of 820,000 square feet of space in the La Cima Development of San Marcos, located at 6202 West Centerpoint Road.
Hill Country Studios plans to develop a state-of-the-art motion picture studio facility on approximately 209 acres of land. The motion picture studio will include 12 sound stages, at least two of which will be equipped with state-of-the-art virtual production stages, four workshops, backlots, production offices and a commissary.
The Film Production Studio anticipates having 22 full-time employees at $100,000 average salary and up to 1,400 contract workers with an average of 1,200 on production products at $80,000 salary.
Construction of the film studio is expected to commence in April of 2023 in multiple phases that will be completed in August 2025. According to the presentation that will be shown to councilmembers, an average of $250,000 per day is contributed to the local economy by major motion pictures and $150,000 for single one-hour tv episodes shot on location.
The presentation also says local vendors will benefit from work on projects, including caterers, dry cleaners, lumber suppliers, digital equipment suppliers, electricians, commercial real estate agents, tailors, plumbers and carpenters. Additionally, there would be an opportunity for potential collaboration with Texas State University and San Marcos CISD for internship and training opportunities.